Posted February 17, 2014

Trade deadline: Five deals we want to see

Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Rob Mahoney, Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young's offensive versatility and defensive chops would make him a perfect fit for Phoenix. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thaddeus Young’s offensive versatility and defensive chops would make him a perfect fit for Phoenix. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

2. Suns gear up for playoff run

Suns acquire: Thaddeus Young
76ers acquire: Emeka Okafor, Archie Goodwin, Washington’s top-12 protected 2014 first round pick, cash considerations

The rumor mill comes alive to claim Thaddeus Young, who has been linked to countless teams over the past five months of rebuilding. None, though, makes for a more perfect fit than the upstart Suns. Any trade partner for Philadelphia needs to be in a position to offer decent assets atop an expiring contract, a prerequisite that Phoenix could meet without issue. Beyond that, the Suns have a distinct need for a player of Young’s particular profile. Rare are those NBA bigs who can both space the floor to the three-point line and blow up a pick-and-roll as a defender, yet one just so happens to be available to any team willing to give up the requisite assets.

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I see reason for the Suns to take the plunge, and corresponding reason for the Sixers to bite on an offer structured around Archie Goodwin and a late first-round pick for the 2014 draft. Okafor is included strictly to satisfy the NBA’s salary-matching rules, with a cash kickback headed Philly’s way to help offset some of the salary added to the Sixers’ payroll. There are also an a number of permutations to this trade that could make sense, involving any combination of the following:

• Markieff Morris (in place of Goodwin)
• Marcus Morris (in place of Goodwin)
• Jason Richardson (as to make the salary input and output more equal)
• Indiana’s 2014 first round pick (top-12 protected; via Philadelphia)
• Minnesota’s 2014 first round pick (top-13 protected; via Philadelphia)
• Low-cost filler: Ish Smith (PHX), Viacheslav Kravtsov (PHX), Dionte Christmas (PHX), James Anderson (PHI), Arnett Moultrie (PHI), Hollis Thompson (PHI),

Regardless, the basic incentives are the same: A versatile scorer and defender for a Suns team that could use both, an athletic wing prospect (in the case of Goodwin/the Morris twins) and another first rounder for a rebuilding team looking to stock-pile assets. It may not be the kind of offer that would bowl over Sixers GM Sam Hinkie, but there is logic (and cap space) in it.

3. Hawks, Bobcats swap underrated guards

Bobcats acquire: Kyle Korver
Hawks acquire: Gerald Henderson

This is a pretty clean swap from a salary standpoint, making the motivations for this deal almost solely a function of talent and fit (rare in the NBA these days). Charlotte’s angle is simple: A team that ranks 28th in the league in three-point attempts per game and in the bottom half of the league in three-point percentage guns for one of the best shooters in the league. Korver isn’t just a spot-shooting type to park in the corner, but a player who actively creates space for his teammates by curling into potential shots. When Korver moves, so too does the defense; opposing wings have to chase him, opposing bigs have to shade in his direction, and structurally an entire defense can be compromised just by tilting toward the threat of a Korver catch-and-shoot. That makes him one of the league’s foremost facilitators for post play and dribble penetration, both of which are hugely important for a team that features Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker.

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Plus, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the trio of Walker, Henderson, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist just doesn’t — and may never — command enough attention on the perimeter to keep defenses honest. None among them is even a league-average three-point shooter, though Walker is closest and Kidd-Gilchrist is otherwise Charlotte’s most promising individual defender. That makes Henderson the odd man out for both his and the Bobcats’ sake, as no one in Charlotte is much empowered by lineups devoid of floor spacing. Korver is something of a one-man fix in that department, with the passing skill and defensive competence necessary to round out his contributions.

Henderson, in turn, would land with the Hawks — a team that could make excellent use of his versatile game. Together with Paul Millsap and the injured Al Horford, Henderson would add to an incredibly well-rounded core. None among them is a superstar, though Horford, Millsap, and Henderson can all defend, can all play pick-and-roll, can all move without the ball, can all work from the post, and can all shoot. The basis of their team would be stout and flexible, which would then allow Hawks GM Danny Ferry to chase players at other positions with more idiosyncratic games or specific needs. Korver’s broad offensive value provided some of that same quality, though Atlanta both upgraded its wing defense and imported some creative dynamism in the move wile landing a player six years Korver’s junior. Even without looking too far forward, Henderson’s gradual build would seem to make more sense for a Hawks team with plenty of construction left to do.

19 comments
MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

I Would love to see THADDUES YOUNG be Traded to SACRAMENTO for say JIMMER/JASON THOMPSON an a Protected Draft Picks plus some other Non Protected Picks as long as he signs a Extension. My KINGS NEEEEED that Good Defensive Minded, Rebound Grabbing Blocking Machine to play Opposite COUSINS who aside from KEVIN LOVE is the Best Offensive Center in the WEST.

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

I'd imagine if the T-WOLVES actually had a Good SG and SF plus a Healthy Center they'd be a lot Better but there's No Way Kevin Love Stays after his Deal is over & can u blame him? He stayed for what almost 7 Years at least? HE'LL BE A LAKER an I HATE SAYING this But LeBron should Bail on the HEAT, he gave them what they wanted 2 NBA TITLES in 3 Tries so Far but the Whole Team is just...Old, Team him with KEVIN LOVE & the VASTLY IMPROVED PG KENDALL MARSHALL that's not a Bad Start. 

casualumberjack
casualumberjack

Finally someone points out the core reason for Minnesota's dud of a season! But maybe the solution isn't trading Barea, but rather trading Adelman. :-/

KD35Russ0
KD35Russ0

Monroe to the Thunder is a decent idea, but the actual layout of the trade shows clear misunderstanding of a) how trades work in the NBA, b) the current trade landscape of the NBA and c) the Thunder's organizational model. It basically looks like a let's throw a bunch of young guys together for Monroe and make the salaries work. This wouldn't happen. IF a deal like this were to go down another team would be involved and far fewer young assets would be leaving the Thunder. Something like Thunder get Monroe, Philly takes on Perk contract, Dallas pick that OKC owns, Roberson/PJIII, Detroit gets Evan Turner and a pick makes much more sense

Pierre1
Pierre1

The Bobcats are really blowing it when it comes to the future of the franchise. They should have been a team unloading parts in preperation for the 2014 draft. Instead they are going potentially be a 8 seed, get destroyed by IND or MIA in the first round and end up with a mid-first round pick.


And more mediocrity.

hapbarb
hapbarb

An absolutely awful (and preposterous) idea for OKC to even consider such a deal. 

Lamb is a key component of one of the league's deepest benches, and Adams has provided productive minutes with size.


 The Thunder have too smart of a front office to give this a nanosecond of thought.

NelsonP
NelsonP

I wouldn't mind seeing some but as a Atlanta fan I don't want to see Korver leave, I'm also a Duke fan and I liked Henderson, especially when he busted what was his name... oh yeah in the nose, but why would the Hawks want to do this trade? Makes no sense.

jaytheadviceman
jaytheadviceman

I would NOT want to see that OKC/Detroit trade. As a Pistons fan, I'd be disappointed. I could deal with Monroe being swapped if it's for a nice piece, but don't throw Singler and Stuckey into the mix.

Sam L.
Sam L.

They are insane!!!!  These are the same experts that said that when OKC drafted Steven Adams that he would never make it in the NBA and that he was a project.  They are also saying that OKC will trade Westbrook  to the Knicks.  One of the stupidest trade possibilities is Durant to the Lakers for money,because everyone wants to play in LA.  The experts say that OKC is too small for a NBA Championship, just like San Antonio is too small also. 

blakojohn
blakojohn

Why would the thunder make this trade? They have the best record in the nba, with out westbrook! They don't nw to change anything, except getting him back playing. This would be an absolutely terrible trade.

jdb95
jdb95

Have you seen Lamb, Adams, Jones play for OKC?  With the exception of Jones who needs major development, these are budding stars.  Even if you hate Perk, no offense, but your trade suggestion is a bit crazy-talk.

yummypeaches
yummypeaches

And every trade deadline is silent . Always ends with a wimper . The only thing loud is the rumors that never happen .

yummypeaches
yummypeaches

Kyle Korver is perfect for the Hawks , 3 and D , type of play . Why would the Hawks want to make this trade ? Gerald Williams isn't lighting it up and no one really showed much interest in him last season . Evan Turner I might see for the Hawks , Gerald Henderson not at all .

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

@HectorRamirez  That'd be a GREAT Deal for the HEAT but not so sure about the LAKERS since BOSH is Not even close to the Player he used to be, if the HEAT want to keep LeBron they'll need to start shipping out Contracts. since D-WADE isn't getting younger or better.

Y2Jin99
Y2Jin99

@Sam L.  Never heard anyone talking about Durant to the Lakers.  If that happens its only in 2016-17 when he becomes an UFA

blakojohn
blakojohn

@jdb95  but even Jones had had some huge plays, and he did a good job guarding LeBron after perk came out of the Miami game

salvaje50
salvaje50

@jdb95 Adams looked OK early on in the year but recently has been not getting as many minutes.  Maybe I'm wrong.  I don't see Adams or Lamb as budding stars, I see their ceiling as solid starters.